Kristen Michelle Brown is a PhD candidate in plant science at the University of Maine, where her research has focused on genetic sources of late blight resistance in potato. Trained as a plant ecologist, she now works with the UMaine Potato Breeder in facilitating marker-assisted selection in the traditional breeding program. She is currently a Susan J. Hunter Teaching Fellow, teaching Crop Ecology and Physiology. Her future plans include teaching, writing, smashing the patriarchy, and promoting social justice – which, as far as she can tell, are probably all the same things. You can follow her on Twitter @OheyKB.